Wild Stay Top After Coventry Victory
The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild remain top of the Laidler Division table after a 0-8 shut out win away at league leaders Coventry NIHL Blaze on Saturday.
This was the first time the two sides had met this season and it was quite a cracker, despite the eventual one-sided scoreline.
The Wild took the lead just 11 seconds into the game with a goal from player coach Ollie Barron and, while it wasn’t all plain sailing from then on, they did outshoot the hosts by more than 3 to 1 over the 60 minutes and had much of the possession and chances throughout the game.
Stuart Brittle scored a powerplay goal in the 14th minute and Barron added his second – and the Wild’s third – just before the first break.
The second period continued in similar vein with the Wild having most of the shots and the Blaze picking up penalties as they tried to keep the Widnes attack at bay. Goals for Jakub Hajek and Bez Hughes gave the Wild a healthy looking 0-5 lead heading into the second period break but netminder Matt Croyle had to save a penalty shot in the dying seconds to save the shut out.
Widnes out-shot the Blaze 24-5 in the last period and goals came from Brittle, Chris Gee and Hajek again to hand the Wild a 0-8 victory.
After the game, Widnes player coach Ollie Barron said:
“On Saturday we travelled to Coventry to face the Blaze and we knew this wouldn’t be a easy game. You always have to work hard against Coventry as they pressure you hard in all areas of the ice but we got off to a great start and I thought we played a well disciplined game for 3 periods.”
“To look at the result on paper as a 8-0 win, it might look like it was a easy game, but it was far from an easy 2 points, We worked hard for the points as a team, and that was the most pleasing part of the performance for me.”
“Our attention now turns to our next game at home vs the Aces, These are always great games to play in. I look forward to seeing as many fans at the game on Sunday cheering us on.”
The home game that was due to take place on Sunday against Deeside Dragons was postponed and will be a re-arranged for a future date.
The Wild are at home next Sunday 4th November when they take on north west rivals Altrincham Aces at Planet Ice Widnes – face off 5.30pm
Report by Paul Breeze – www.icehockeyreview.co.uk
Photos by Geoff White – www.gw-images.com
Saturday 27th October 2018 – Laidler Division
Coventry NIHL Blaze 0 – Widnes Wild 8
Period Scores: 0-3, 0-2, 0-3
Shots on Goal: Coventry 18 – Widnes 59 (5-18, 8-17, 5-24)
Penalties In Minutes: Coventry 40 – Widnes 18
Widnes Scoring: Jakub Hajek 2+2, Ollie Barron 2+2, Stuart Brittle 2+1, Chris Gee 1+1, Bez Hughes 1+0, Simon Offord 0+2, Andrew Turner, Scott Cooper, Lee Kemp & Ross Jordan all 0+1
Match Officials: Richard Adams – Referee, Emma Sanders – Linesman, Andrew Wood – Linesman
MVPs: Coventry – Daniel Mulcahy / Widnes – Ross Jordan